Norman Lear: Born Again as an American My love for and devotion to our country goes back to incidents in my childhood, my service in World War II, and my involvement since 1980 in fighting those who would have us believe that people are good Christians or bad ones depending on their political points of view.
Marlo Thomas: The Bombs Bursting - Everywhere! As the granddaughter of Lebanese and Italian immigrants who came to this country to start a new life, the Fourth of July signifies the birthday of a nation that opened its arms to my family, and has given us the opportunity to flourish ever since.
Lee Woodruff: Hand Over Heart More than 10 years after 9/11, we are tentative patriots. We gauge our neighbors' politics, we stick a finger in the air to test the atmosphere before considering a declaration of love for our country.
Bill Moyers: On Independence Day, Also Remember Thomas Jefferson's Betrayal Enjoy the fireworks and flags, the barbecues and bargain sales. But hold this thought as well: that behind this Fourth of July holiday are human beings who were as flawed and conflicted as they were inspired. If they were to look upon us today, they most likely would think how much remains to be done.
Paul Rieckhoff: An "Americafest" for All Our Country's Veterans For 99% of Americans, this Fourth of July marks yet another annual tradition of barbecues, block parties and fireworks. It's the halfway point of a long hot summer. A day to celebrate freedom, 'Merica, and being born in the U.S.A. But for the other one percent? The war still rages on.